As promised, I am sending this weekly update regarding our status for beginning the 2020-21 academic year. Last week, I shared that the Board had deferred our decision until at least August 10.
Preparing for Fall 2020
We miss seeing our students and families, and look forward to welcoming everyone back in the fall!
But safety must come first. And safety is a community effort.
To ensure that we plan prudently and thoughtfully, we are continually monitoring guidance from local public health authorities and consulting our own public health advisors. Administrators and faculty are working to create plans for each division, and we expect to communicate return plans later in the summer. Visit this page often throughout the summer to keep informed and updated on the latest plans.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, the School has been working tirelessly to address health protocols, facilities needs, scheduling, and programmatic development for September.
In just 24 hours, 552 parents responded to the survey I emailed last week. Thank you so much for your insights, questions and incredible support of our Athletics and Physical Education program.
As we head into July, I wanted to keep you updated on our thinking/planning about the reopening of the Lower School this fall.
Task forces in each division have met to develop plans for next year. Of paramount importance is the health and safety of our community.
Content is subject to change (rev. 7/30/20)
- Q: I understand that the School will announce a decision about the fall by August 10. What are the preliminary plans for the fall?
- Q: If health authorities clear schools to reopen, why can’t all students be back on campus every day of the week?
- Q: If the school year begins in distance learning, at what point will the School consider an in-person learning mode?
- Q: When can we expect our children to be physically back at school five days a week?
- Q: Can the School use the space in the Upton Street property as classrooms to allow more students to be on campus?
- Q: Since the School is reducing time on campus and limiting co-curricular programs, is the School considering reducing tuition?
- Q: Will the School create outdoor classroom spaces?
- Q: Will children be kept in the same small cohort throughout the day?
- Q: What will MS and US Athletics look like next year?
- Q: Will the school provide Early Risers and Aftercare?
- Q: Will you run the shuttle bus between the two campuses?
- Q: How will you ensure that our children are safe from viral transmission?
- Q: I am not comfortable sending my child to School for in-person learning. Can we opt for 100% distance learning? Is there a tuition reduction for 100% distance learning?
- Q: My child will remain at home to engage in 100% distance learning. How will you ensure that my child will receive equal access to learning if the teachers need to attend to students who are learning in person as well as to those who are at home?
- Q: Will children still be allowed to have recess? Will Upper School students still have unstructured free periods during the day?
- Q: I am very concerned about lunch and the use of the cafeteria. How will you keep children safe?
- Q: Will you conduct ongoing and regular testing of students, faculty, and staff to ensure that only those who test negative are allowed on campus?
- Q: Can you describe a typical day with the new safety protocols?
- Q: How will you ensure that all students and families will adhere to the School’s safety protocols?
- Q: My child has seasonal allergies,which may appear similar to COVID-19 symptoms. Will they be required to remain at home rather than attending school in person?
- Q: I would like my child to begin the year by participating in in-person learning, but if infection rates in the area increase, I would like the option of having my child remain at home for 100% distance learning. Will flexibility be offered to families?
- Q: With physical distancing measures in place, will it be possible for children to have informal interactions beyond the more formal classroom interactions? How will the School create a sense of community if children must maintain a distance of six feet?
- Q: How will the School respond if an active case of COVID-19 is identified in the School community? Will you employ contact tracing or will you close down the School?
- Q: Will student clubs continue to meet? What kinds of co-curricular activities will be offered? Will there be theatrical productions? School dances? School trips?